Read our Week in the Life profile of Rob Edson, which first appeared in the May/June 2015 edition of our magazine.
After competing throughout high school (Keene, NH) and college (Keene State College and Colby College), Rob Edson stopped running for nearly fifteen years during his career as a school principal. During that rather long hiatus, Edson played an occasional pickup game of soccer or basketball but did little to no running. What sparked the comeback? “I returned to running three years ago to lose weight, get healthy, and join my wife at the local road races,” Edson answers.
His wife Cindy, who he met at Keene State where they both ran, never stopped running. “She was my inspiration to finally get back into shape,” Edson says. The apocryphal Cindy signed Edson up for a Fathers’ Day race in 2012 which marked the start of his comeback. He ran 4 miles in 29:50. Fast forward two years and subtract forty pounds, and you’ll see that Edson ran the same race in 24:02 at age 51. Comeback complete.
Edson has become an active member of his running club, the Upper Valley Running Club (UVRC), aka the Wooly Syrup Chuggers, who were featured in our Jan/Feb 2015 issue. He has competed for his team in many of the NH Grand Prix events as well as the VT 100. In those races his competitive fire burns white hot. “I have found that my motivation to race against, and beat, other runners is no different than when I was younger. My physical ability to do so, however, is another matter altogether. It’s been fun seeing old friends and rivals like Todd Coffin, Paul Hammond and Dave Dunham who are still out there getting it done. The 50+ age group in New England is scary good!” Another game changer for Edson and many masters running alike has been age grading. Edson states, “[It] has opened up a whole new way of looking at results.”
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